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From Ivory Tower to Parliament, and back again? : A review of key insights on academic-policy engagement from the LSE Impact Blog

The questions of: should academics seek to shape policy with their research? If so, how? – have been intensely debated. While not all research is suited to this type of engagement, in the context of social scientific research and UK policy-making, academic-policy engagement is often desirable to both sides: policy circles extol ‘evidence-based policy-making’, and …

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Three key messages from EPI’s cost benefit analysis of apprenticeships

  Apprentices in England should be supported to train longer, train earlier, and train better. Three things I learnt from EPI’s latest report on Apprenticeships. Why the report matters I have a bit of a vested interest in apprenticeships. In 2010, working at the Department for Education, I had a target to increase the numbers …

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Period poverty: do DfE statistics speak for themselves?

The Department for Education’s recent report presents school absence statistics to investigate whether “disadvantaged girls are not attending school due to not being able to afford” menstruation products. However, we must avoid downplaying the reality of period poverty like the Department’s report appears to. DfE absence statistics don’t tell the whole story. What do DfE statistics …

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